Buckley, Drouin Named Big Ten Field Athletes of the Week
April 3, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kyla Buckley and Derek Drouin are the Big Ten Field Athletes of the Week, the conference has announced. Buckley and Drouin took Texas Relays titles in the shot put and high jump respectively. Drouin's winning clearance is the best in the world this season, while Buckley's winning throw ranks 13th in the world this season.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Buckley and Drouin both rose to the occasion when the spotlight was on them and were not intimidated by the large stage provided at the Texas Relays.
"We want competitors on our team, who thrive when the spotlight is brightest," said Helmer, "and that is what we saw from Kyla and Derek this weekend. They went into a Texas Relays environment that had elite competition and a television audience and came out with wins. To not only win, but to perform amongst the best in the world this year, that shows us what we already knew, which is that these two thrive on competition."
Buckley launched a bomb that traveled 17.28m (56-8.5) for the win in the women's shot put. Buckley won a Texas Relays watch, and her throw moved her to 13th on the world outdoor list, third on the division I list and first in the Big Ten. Her throw ranks third in IU history. Buckley finished two feet and 7.5 inches better than the second-place thrower.
Drouin cleared 2.30m (7-6.5) to better his closest competitor by 1.25 inches. The jump is the world's best outdoors this season. The meet featured the top three finishers from the NCAA Indoor Championships, but second and third place flopped this time around, as Marcus Jackson of Mississippi State took third and London Olympic Silver Medalist Erik Kynard of Kansas State was second. Jackson and Kynard both cleared 2.27m (7-5.25). Drouin and Kynard have now met head-to-head 12 times, which Drouin winning seven times, including two straight. Drouin took three jumps at 2.33m (7-7.75), which is the Texas Relays record. Drouin is now within a centimeter of his lifetime outdoor best, which is IU's outdoor record.
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